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calm and ready

Recently I have been binge listening to “the model health show” podcast, I think Shawn has some really good episodes where he talks about training that really gets my blood pumping for going to the gym, excited to do the workouts, and more importantly, get me to realize the importance of sleep and rest and reduction of stress.

He talked about his morning routine, where I also started to implement to my mornings. 1L of water to inner bath. I feel that this is working great for me, not only did I start doing this first thing in the morning, I also make sure that I drink at least 2 bottles of water at school. I used an app called Strides to keep track of these new habits. This is really helping a lot, coz I want to be able to have a streak of keep doing those things. I also put meditation on the list, which has helped hugely.

Earlier this year, I was really concentrated on doing meditation and was spending about 30min each time to meditate both morning and evening. But I slacked on the physical activity part and got so frustrated with the weight gain. Then I started going back to my workout routine and also started meditate again, but this time, I didn’t spend that long sitting and meditation, I just make sure that everyday I do some meditation. 10min usually. And I can already see what this little tweak has changed my attitude towards the day. I always do a little visualization, reminding myself of the goals that I want to achieve and telling myself I am not giving up until I get there. I also tell myself that today I am going to do everything to the best that I can. And many times, if I get frustrated with myself, I will use the meditation time to distill and think about what is the right way to take a look at things.

I also find that sometimes, when pain comes, I just need to lie there and lie with it and wait until it passes. The other day, I had too much for dinner and I was so frustrated with myself and I was really upset. Usually I would want my husband to say some encouraging words and help comfort me, but that night, I was just lying there, although uncomfortable and really down, I lied there, then fell asleep, and then the next morning during meditation, I told myself that I am determined to make some change to this. And I am seeing good changes already.

I find that many times I put too much food in my plate, and before I can finish the whole plate, I already feel full, then sometimes I told myself I will just finish it anyway, it is not so much more. But every single time, I feel so full that I don’t want to move after the dinner. So I made a note to myself, I need to change this. And I also put this into the list of habit that I want to form into the Strides app. And I know that I want to tick off “controlled dinner” on my list. And I am so happy with the past few days that I am behaving so well. And I am really positive and confident that I really can make those changes long term.

I am happy with the changes that has happened to me recently, and I think I am reducing my stress mindfully, and I am moving through life more gracefully. Like, I can have a vegan French toast for a Saturday morning breakfast, or I can just really take a moment and enjoy the glorious green smoothie bowl with cacao nibs to chew on. How perfect that is. Sometimes we just need to stop and take a moment to appreciate the things we have.

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Reduce stress and enjoy life

There has been some pleasant changes lately. I drink 1L of water directly after I wake up, and then I go to the bathroom, then I meditate on empty stomach, then I have breakfast. I discovered that this works for me the best when it comes to the depth of my meditation.

I have been trying out intermittent fasting for a few days on and off, i want to take it slow, don’t want to overdo it and I felt really good when I fast. But like I said, I don’t want to go too fast and wanted to listen to my body as I go. And I realized that I have to portion my breakfast, if I just eat until I am full, that will be a lot. Oatmeal is a good choice.

I realized that I am the stressful kind of person, on a average day, when nothing is due or anything, I felt a 5-6 out of 10 stressful. So I decided that I really need to take charge of my mental health too. I can eat all the healthy food and do all the exercises, but if I am stressed out mentally, it will not do me any good in the long run.

I do think perseverence is key to success. As with the workouts, I think I will keep doing it until I am really old. If I want to make good change to how my body looks I need to keep pushing it to change. And I fell off track a little bit earlier this year. But this will not happen again.

Although I deeply believe that weights is not everything, I finally decided that I now have a goal weight: 144lb. I will get there. And I don’t want to hurry, I want to take it slow. And when I talk to my friends about fitness, many keep telling me that I need to eat less carbs. Well, I just don’t believe this. And I believe we shouldn’t discriminate any type of nutrients and all are important for good health.

For this week, I feel that I am really making good progress on the stress management. Actually if I try to be mindful, and be on top of what everyday has to offer, I don’t really feel much stressed at all.